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  1. Hi all. Any thoughts on which pump I should get as a replacement for my Gaggia Classic. My shots are bitter and I've heard that the standard Ulka pump is not that precise with it's ability to maintain consistent 9 bar. Any thoughts please?
  2. I have a 14 year old Andreja Premium that's never given me any problems over the years. However, it's just stopped working and I need my coffee fix! When I turn it on, normally I hear the pump filling the boiler with water. No sound of the pump and there is no water coming out if the ho water wand. So, my first thoughts are, its a faulty pump. Just to add a little complexity, I fitted a mains water supply around five years ago and wonder if the relay on this could be the problem, not 'allowing' water into the machine and so the pump has 'cut off' I hope this makes sense and I would
  3. Hi All, I have a problem with my three-year-old Quick Mill Verona insofar as the rotary pump has stalled/seized. I can hear it electrically buzzing, but there is no rotation. I'm pretty sure it's not an electrical fault but excessive scale build-up within the pump head as it is well overdue for a descale. But this creates a Catch-22 situation. I can't flush descaler through the machine if the pump won't run, so how do I get round the problem? I know I should have descaled sooner, so it's my fault it has happened... any advice gratefully received. Thanks in anticipation. In all other
  4. Did a descale yesterday and after running it all through then a run with a tank of clean water the pump is now a lot noisier than it was before and is not working so well. I'm loathe to do it again as I only stripped the pump down not so long ago but would stripping it down and having a poke around be of any help, I'm a bit worried the pump is on its way out so quite keen to learn if any one knows what might be causing the pump to be so much noisier now and for it not to be working properly in that it is taking quite a while to get the water to come through the head and when it comes its
  5. I am about to install the Auber shot timer to my Silvia V3. Removing the back cover i'm thinking the pump looks twisted but maybe it should be like this? My first reaction was to grab it and straighten it up. On the left side it almost looks like its hanging on one of the screws. Does this look normal, is the pump seated correctly?
  6. Hi guys, I'm new to the forum! I bought a second-hand Gaggia Classic a few weeks ago, which was working fine for the first couple of weeks. About a week ago water would stop coming through the grouphead, which seemed to be triggered by trying to backflush the system (which I had done successfully once before) or when putting additional pressure on the system (e.g. When making a ristretto). In both cases, the pump noise would go very quiet and water would stop coming out of the group head except in very small occasional drops. Water/steam was coming out of the steam wand as normal. Af
  7. Hi All, My Silvia has been sat idle for about a month whilst my grinder has been out of action. I tried to run some water through it yesterday, just in preparation for my grinder coming back and there's no water coming from the grouphead. I read the post here http://coffeeforums.co.uk/showthread.php?22972-Rancilio-Silvia-No-water-through-the-brewhead and my only difference is that I can water out from the wand (as well as steam), so I'm assuming the pump is working as teh water would need the pump to be pumping??? So can I also assume this is most likely a scale problem? Cheers
  8. Hi CoffeeForumers, I have a Dualshit DCM2 that my Dad gave me when it stopped working. It just made a horrendous sound when switched on and primed. In fact it didn't prime at all, trying three times before giving up. Very loud. I believe this to be because there was no water getting to the pump. I thought maybe the pump was on its last legs. So, I stripped it down to get to the pipework. I cleaned out all the pipes with stiff wire and vinegar. Reassembled the device and started it up. Sucess! I now get steam and hot water at good pressure and flow rate from the milk frother wand bu
  9. Hi, I'm new here, but have owned a Gaggia Classic for a couple of years and various other esperesso machines for the past ~10 years. The pour from my Gaggia Classic has slowed down recently and no other parameters have changed. It does not have scale build up, as I live in a very soft water area, and I have checked that it is primed. The pump has got noisy, so I figure it is failing and have ordered a replacement Ulka EX5, as it was surprsingly cheap. I've had a look inside the machine and can't quite figure out how to remove the pump, so rather than leave it to chance and find out o
  10. Hi, I'm looking for advice from people with the same setup really. I recently bought a Smart Grinder Pro to accompany my SDTP espresso machine. I've probably tried about a half dozen different beans, couple of dark roasts and the rest medium. I'm finding that unless I only use about 2kg of tamping pressure I have to set the grinder to 20+ to get around a 30 second extraction. That's with the double espresso basket, the single seems to provide only a trickle of water regardless (I'm using single wall). Is this normal for this machine or could there be a problem with the pump? I clean
  11. HI, just after some clarification on a filter/pump setup running from a water tank. I plan to use the pump and softner listed below. However, the filter has a restrictor down to 1 liter per min, will this cause an issue with the Sureflo pumping @ 10L per min? If this filter isn't suitable, can you point me to one which would be please. Sureflo Trial King 10 (30psi/10 liters per min) https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Shurflo-30PSI-Water-Pump-Trial-King-10-2095-403-443-Caravan-Motorhome-Boat/201372840694?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649 FT Lin
  12. Hi, we’re looking to do an outdoor event and need to find a way to rinse jugs. Thinking of sourcing a portable pitcher rinser, a sure flow water pump with accumulator. As anybody done this and does it general enough power? Anytips or videos of how to do this? Welcome Peace
  13. I’ve recently noticed that the pump that triggers on pulling the lever at the start of the shot isn’t always coming on. I’m sure this always used to do so. It still does sometimes and then others will trigger at another point. I’m sure I’d heard that the ceme switch for prefusion was a bit temperamental but I’m not sure if that’s got anything to do with the pump. Any other owners got any insight into this??
  14. In the past I was using a Bosco lever machine. I enjoyed the silence whiles pulling an espresso. I was lucky to get a second pump for a cheap price for the LM. The original one I left inside the machine, incase a maintenance is necessary. I installed the second one in the storage room beside the kitchen. Silence now like pulling a shot with a lever .
  15. Had my classic 3-4 years now, and I don't think its performing as well this last year or so. Symptoms: There's a longer wait between pressing the button and the coffee leaving the portafilter. Around 10 seconds I would say. Even though the coffee appears fairly coarse, I have to tamp lighter to get a reasonable extraction. Otherwise it chokes up quite easily. My last resort is to try a coarser grind and heavier tamp. Is it common for the pump in these to weaken? I'm asking this, although I am far from technical when it comes to this stuff. Any suggestions? I gene
  16. I have a Gaggia Classic. It produces wonderful steam but when I try and pump water through the head I get a few drips and then a whirring sound. I've descaled but to no avail. Any idea's please on what to do next. And secondly. I live in Taunton, Somerset is there any one near by who would be able to fix this machine if I'm unable to due to my useless diy skills. Thanks
  17. Hello all Just refurbing a Gaggia Classic for my partner's Mother and the pump is rather corroded. Would the following be a suitable replacement? eBay UKLA Pump
  18. Hi, my first post and it's a problem. Just bought off ebay a Pavoni espresso deluxe machine. Problem is water is not being pumped from the tank although the pump seems to be working ok. ( it makes a noise) Have followed manufactures instructions for priming but unable to get a flow of water. The boiler seems ok as it did heat up the water left in the tank which I expelled via the wand, but nothing from the group. Anyone have any suggestions before I ask for my money back.
  19. I've been a member here for a while now and I'm still no wiser. I'm looking for a new machine. I need good steaming power since we drink mostly cappas. Also looking for brilliant shots. Have even less idea whether I should be looking for a pump or a lever and if so which? Don't like vibe pumps. Plumbing in would be difficult. Ideas please...
  20. I just started descaling my cherub as I thought my problem was likely to be caused by loose scale. But I noticed that when I filled the water tank with descaler and switched on to fill the boiler, it aborted with the low water alarm. Now, this is not unusual - in the past it has always timed out once, with me needing to flick the switch off/on to initiate a second fill cycle. But this time, it took a third cycle. I think this indicates that I need a new pump rather than descaling? Where's the best source for pumps, Fracino themselves?
  21. So I guess something is going out, but I can't figure out what. So, around half the time the preinfusion stage does not start the pump and instead basically only flushes what's in the grouphead. But everything works fine the moment the timer reaches the full pressure. This can be repeated by pushing the manual button also, the moment I stop pushing the button the pump starts and everything is fine. I can hear something when the pump should be running with smaller pressure, but I can't really tell what that sound is (it's very quiet). Could be anything from coil whine. So why isn't the pum
  22. still cant get water to pull for a shot get 3 drips it starts up with the same noise like its going to work then drops to a hum and just a drip of water ,steamer works fine could it be the pump ????
  23. Hello guys and gals, I have not done anything to my Classic in a while and am itching to do a mod to curb the current upgraditis urges. I liked the whole dimmer thing that I have done a few people do in the forum and I understand that the pump should be replaced for that. I know @MrShades recommends the Invensys 65W CP3A pump but since Invensys are no more, I'm not certain which one of the results that comes back on fleebay is the correct pump. (http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.H0.Xcp3a.TRS0&_nkw=cp3a&_sacat=0) An
  24. So I bought a used Bricoletta a few weeks back, and no matter what I did I couldn't get the pressure at the grouphead up past 6.5bar. I've been having fun poking around it and getting to know its innards - there are some great resources out there, and I followed various posts on HB and CG to remove and clean the mushroom, adjust the OPV, descale the brew path etc. etc. All to no avail. I've finally figured out what the hell is wrong and wanted to share in case somebody is searching for a fix in the future: the Bricoletta originally shipped with an Ulka EX7 pump, which bizarre
  25. My TS is poorly When you first switch it on the red light which indicates that the water tank is empty comes illuminates and the machine does nothing. The water tank has water in it so I know that is not the problem. I have disconnected the leads that plug into the Auto Fill controller and tested the connections but there is no voltage so I cannot blame a faulty connection. I was all for ordering a new Auto Fill when I switched it on recently after a few days rest and the machine started warming up. But when I pressed the brew switch, water started coming out okay but the pump sound
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